Located in West Bali, Indonesia, Balian is a consistent wave magnet spot. The reef provides both lefts and right and breaks on all tides. The lefts are more often longer and better formed than the rights, peeling off the A-frame peak for up to 100 meters. The crowds are not usually bad, but can get busy when the surf is up (5/10). This spot is also somewhat consistent (6/10). It is better to surf early before the onshore winds that usually come up around 11am between May and September. Balian is a picturesque wave with a river mouth creating a current out to sea which is responsible for the bottom counter that creates the wave. You have to paddle hard to get out of the current on the peak. However, when it is small it is good for beginners and longboarders. There are restaurants on the beach in front of the break, and plenty of hotels to choose from close by.
What are the best surf conditions for Balian Beach?
We recommend riding your fish, longboard or standard shortboard here. The best winds for Balian Beach are Northeast. The best swell direction is from the South, Southeast and Southwest.
We recommend wearing boardshorts or a bikini, plus a wetsuit top in strong winds, in summer with the warmest water temperature a balmy 28 degrees in January. In winter we recommend wearing boardshorts or a bikini, plus a wetsuit top in strong winds with temps being a warm 25 degrees! See the temperature chart below for more data on this.